Enzymes make things happen, from growth to repair to clearing up dead tissue… we can’t live without them.
Picture a silent factory. It has all the necessary equipment and raw materials but there are no workers. Production is zilch. It’s the same thing with the human body. It may have the building materials, all the proteins, minerals and vitamins necessary to construct its healthy functions, but without enzymes it founders.
Enzymes make things happen; they are essential in every function of growth, repair and therefore health of each living cell in your body. Made out of amino acids by RiboNucleic Acid which, in turn, is made by DeoxyriboNucleic Acid, they also require a specific temperature and measure of acidity/ alkalinity to carry out their work.
Thousands of enzymes work constantly to build and regenerate your body. They are continuously being converted or produced in our body and depend upon good live nutrition to keep ahead of daily damage and degeneration. Every day, they are absorbed with unprocessed, raw or lightly cooked food – food enzymes. They are also produced or converted by other enzymes inside the body. Their life span varies between minutes to weeks, so it is crucial you have a daily intake of ‘live’ enzymes: foods such as vegetables, fruit, raw or lightly cooked fish, meat, sprouted seeds and beans. Those that are overcooked, microwaved or processed spell enzyme death.
There are 7 Categories of Food Enzymes:
- Lipase to break down fat
- Protease to break down protein
- Cellulase to break down fiber
- Amylase to break down starch
- Lactase to break down dairy foods
- Sucrose to break down sugars
- Maltase to break down grains
Essential help comes from co-enzymes. These are critical vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin B12. Even a small deficiency in B12 results in disease. Another co-enzyme, Zinc, is needed by about 80 enzyme activities, not to mention the famous Co-Enzyme Q10. Without enzymes and co- enzymes there would be no living thing. Grass, trees, insects, germs, animals and humans all depend on them to sustain growth and health.
The process of aging affects our production and conversion of enzymes which in turn may cause disease. Studies show that a 70 year old has only 20% of the enzymes found in the body of a 20 year old. Elderly people on a poor diet are especially at risk. Lack of B12 is a typical problem that may reach the point of requiring injections. Fortunately, an increased ‘work force’ can be created with improved diet together with supplements.
STICKING WITH OUR FACTORY ANALOGY, THERE ARE 3 TYPES OF ENZYME WORKS:
- Food/Digestive enzymes – these take the basic building blocks delivered by food we eat and convert it to colloidal particles (the smallest particles that exist in a free state) that can be converted into healthy living tissue.
- Metabolic enzymes – metabolic enzymes use these colloids to keep all of our organs and tissues functioning with hundreds of diverse chemical activities, repairing body organs and fighting disease.
Clean-up enzymes – the enzymes for the last job on the line, clearing up. They are responsible for cleaning up and eliminating the mess left in our body from the construction and repair work in operation 24/7.
A vital job is to clean up the inflamed dead tissue. This is where an amazing enzyme called Serrapeptase comes in. The enzyme is produced commercially today through fermentation, but was originally found in the silkworm intestine. The silkworm uses it to help digest the tough mulberry leaves that it feeds on and, later, to dissolve the hard cocoon, allowing the moth to escape and fly away.
Serrapeptase dissolves non-living tissue, blood clots, cysts, and arterial plaque and inflammation in all forms. Its uses are wide-ranging and cover just about every condition that is affected by inflammation and/or non-living tissue. Unlike NSAIDs and similar drugs, it does not have gastrointestinal or any other side-effects.